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Summer in Istanbul (Short term faculty led)
Istanbul, Turkey
Program Terms: Summer II
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2015 02/28/2015** Rolling Admission 06/18/2015 08/13/2015
 NOTE: NOTE: Qualified students are admitted on a rolling basis so applicants submitted early will be given first priority. Students may be invited for the interview.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Economics, History, Various
 Program Length:
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Program information sessions may be planned for students interested in the program.
Faculty Director of the program, Dr. Butterfield, will give an overview of the program. Study Abroad Specialist, Anastassia Kaml will be available to answer questions related to study abroad processing and scholarships. Please check online online program overview section for future announcements.

2015 Program dates are approx: 06/18/2015-08/13/2015

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Spend the summer II session studying in historic Istanbul! Choose from over 200 courses in the social sciences, humanities, education, engineering, and the arts all taught in English over a eight week period.

Istanbul, strategically located on the Bosporus straits where Europe meets Asia, has long been a focal point of international culture, commerce, politics, and intrigue. Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences abound. The program is hosted by Bogazici (pronounced "bo-AH-zee-chee") University, an English-language institution that was founded in 1863 and was the first American university outside the United States (it has since become a Turkish public university). All courses are taught in English and the faculty are all fluent.

Courses are offered in such disciplines as anthropology, economics, gender and women's studies, history, literature, Middle Eastern studies, religion, sociology, and political science. Courses in the natural sciences are also available. Students in the program come from North America, Europe, and Turkey itself. 

Students can earn six or nine credits. Three credit hours will come from enrolment in a WMU course taught by the Dr Jim Butterfield, the faculty director, based on pre-departure assignments and activities in Istanbul.
Students can choose to take one or two courses at Bogazici that will be reflected on transcripts as Study Abroad transfer credit.

Dr Butterfield will accompany students from Michigan to Istanbul and will remain for roughly the first week to acquaint students with the city and campus and help them adjust to their new surroundings.

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Bogazici University is located in the city of Istanbul, a modern city rich in culture and history. Istanbul has been a crucible of interaction between East and West, serving as the capital of the Byzantine Empire (it was then known as Constantinople) the center of Christianity for a millennium, and a Muslim country since the 15th Century. The university sits on a strategic hilltop overlooking the narrowest point of the Bosporus straits.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing (2.5 GPA min); Achieved Sophomore Level

Academic Program
Short Term Faculty led summer program for six or nine credit hours.
Dr. Butterfield will teach WMU online course for 3 credit hours, A&S 3900 (Turkish Society and Culture) or INTL course (TBC) . Most reading and course assignments are to be completed before departure. The other credits will come from Bogazici University for summer II.

Courses available at Bogaziçi University Summer Term school as part of the faculty led program:

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Undergraduate Program fee for 2015: $4,150 (TBC in January 2015)

Graduate Program fee for 2015: $4,569 (TBC in January 2015)

The Program fee includes tuition, administrative fees, instructional costs, International health and emergency insurance, housing, airport transfer, a cultural event, a city excursion, an arrival kit.
The program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for summer II term.

Students are responsible for the following expenses: airfair, weekend personal trips, local transportation, meals, passport, immunizations (if needed), visa (90 day, $20)  and personal expenses.  Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences.
This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.
Financial Aid budget details are available under the section "Budgets Sheets" , Summer II.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for  the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship. Students may also be eligible for the Arts and Sciences International Study Scholarship. 

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Accommodation is in the university's Superdorm, a 15-minute walk from most classroom buildings. Students are housed in suites with individual bedrooms (from two to four) and shared bath and partial kitchen. Groceries can be purchased at nearby stores and the campus has a number of cafes and coffee shops (including a Starbucks).
Superdorm offers:
•Periodical cleaning
•Hot water
•Telephone connections
•Snack bar
•24 Hours security
•Pets are not allowed

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TBD for 2015

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Additional Resources

Program faculty Director:

Jim Butterfield, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science, Mail Stop 5346
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269 387 5696 (o)   269 387 5354 (f)

Host Institution and visa Information (external links)
Bogazici Office of International Relations
Bogazici Summer Program
Campus Map
Housing at Superdorm
Program facebook page

Country Information (external links)
Istanbul - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Turkey
Culturegram - Turkey

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